Forrest Rowland is an outrageously skilled guide (I called him the Eagle-sighted Echolocator). Perfect organisation, perfect local guides, what more could one need? And the birding was better than first class. A perfect 10 on all counts!
Guyana, a small English-speaking South American country nestled on the Atlantic Coast east of Venezuela, is fast becoming recognised as one of South America’s top birding and wildlife destinations. Due to a tiny population and an incredibly high proportion of undisturbed habitat, Guyana hosts some of the last relatively unexplored wildernesses on Earth. A variety of pristine ecosystems occur here, from lowland rainforests that stretch as far as the eye can see, to the savannahs and waterways of the famed Rupununi region, not to mention the dramatic Kaieteur Falls (one of the world’s highest single-drop waterfalls), all of which ensures that this magical destination has something to offer every birder and nature enthusiast. Locations we visit during our Guyana birding tours include Iwokrama, Atta and Surama Lodges. Numerous large macaws, Sun Parakeet, Red Siskin, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Scarlet Ibis, Rio Branco Antbird, Guianan Red Cotinga, Capuchinbird, Crimson Fruitcrow, Grey-winged Trumpeter and Harpy Eagle are just some of the many birding highlights that can be anticipated on this Guyana birding tour! Mammals are also a major emphasis, and we can expect species ranging from the amazing Giant Anteater to various New World monkeys, plus a good chance to see the elusive Jaguar! A post-tour extension to the remote savannahs on the Brazil border allows us to search for one of the world’s rarest species, the endangered Sun Parakeet, along with the beautiful Red Siskin – and much besides!